September 6, 2022
On the 2nd of September the 3-year-old Kortina (Ulbrân 502 x Epke 474) became Breeding Day Champion in Poland. The youthful mare received a Star first premium and Jury members Popke van der Meulen and Dik Brummel upgraded her to Preliminary Crown.
Popke van der Meulen and Dik Brummel toured Poland for nearly a week, inspecting Friesian horses at three different locations. From the batch of attractive foals in Rojow the colt foal Vision R. Imperial Stable (Alwin 469 x Jasper 366), owned by Marzena Rudnik, proved to be the best. This successful breeder presented nine foals and saw her 3-year-old Jessica R. (Alwin 469 x Epke 47) also earn a Star with a second premium. ‘An expressive, youthful mare’, is how Popke van der Meulen summed her up. ‘She is well-built and demonstrates a lot of self-carriage in movement.’
On the 2nd of September the Jury members were in Besiekierz, which was the fantastic location of the largest of the three inspections. There they could give the Polish-bred 3-year-old Kortina Star (Ulbrân 502 x Epke 474) an orange rosette and promoted her to Preliminary Crown and awarded her the Champion Title. ‘Kortina is a youthful mare with lots of breeding type and a fine outline’, Popke van der Meulen commented. ‘She placed her hind leg well forward under the body and showed good posture.’ Kortina is a daughter of Studbook mare Tirza fan Synaeda, who is an Epke 474 daughter out of Gonda F.T. Model Preferent AA (Onne 376), a half sister of Sape 381 and Els F.T. Crown Sport Preferent Performance A (Fabe 348) from pedigree 50.
Aukje Reserve Champion
There was also a first premium for Agnieszka Beblot’s mare Aukje fan Klein Weulink Star (Sipke 450 x Pier 448), a late addition to the inspection list. With a gently ridden IBOP ahead of the inspection she had already scored 77 points and earned the AA predicate. ‘The horses in the IBOP were all presented in a very nice and correct manner’, Popke van der Meulen said. The top score of 77.5 was for Ime fan Charley Hoeve (Jehannes 484 x Sipke 459), owned by Mariusz Beblot.
The 6-year-old Aukje was bred by Henk Blom and now belongs to Agnieszka Beblot. The mare has lots of breeding type, seemed a bit heavy but displayed regularity, scope and suppleness in walk and trot. She undeniably deserved her first premium. For further promotion she should be a little more refined but nonetheless, at the end of the day Aukje became the Reserve Champion. In doing so she left Feline fân Stal Bellefleur Star AA (Norbert 444 x Felle 422), bred by Wim Derksen and owned by Joanna Frycze, behind her. Feline performs at top-class level in driving in Poland, but at the inspection she was too rushed.
In the 3-year-olds Jelscke van D’oeve Star (Jehannes 484 x Beart 411) also received a Star with a second premium. Jelscke was bred by Herman Matthijssen and is now owned by Pawel Jastrzebski.
Champion Colt foals Thorin fan PEK (Menne 496 x Wylster 463)
Colt foal Thorin fan PEK (Menne 496 x Wylster 463) was the best in the colt category. With his good topline and good length in the neck, Thorin showed a good walk and trotted with balance and posture. Emerging as the best filly foal was Tina D (Ulbrân 502 x Felle 422). Youngster Champion was the 2-year-old Ninke (Jurre 495 x Beart 411), bred by J. Smulders from Drempt and owned by Pawel Jastrzebski.
Star second premium for Euphoria
The last inspection day yielded a Star second premium for the 5-year-old B-Book mare Euphoria No Comment (Hjalte vom Hofgut Grünenkamp x Felle 422). She could do with a little more breeding type, but Euphoria is high-legged with good conformation and a functional trot. Her sire, Foalbook stallion Hjalte (Maurits 437 x Heinse 354), is a privately-owned stallion with a Star AAA predicate thanks to 84.5 points in his ABFP. The location of Monika & Daniel Kozacz’s breeding stud is quite isolated– they presented fourteen horses to the Jury – and therefore owning a stallion of their own is the only option to breed Friesian horses. But the Jury members also noticed an increase in the proportion of KFPS Studbook stallions as sires.